By Bryan Maxwell, Franklin Social Studies Department Chair
As students and educators, we all know there are many websites that can help us with finding the information necessary to be successful in classes and in teaching. One of the most difficult aspects that I have run into as a teacher are the challenges students have with writing and the proper format to use when completing assignments. Many assignments will ask that students use MLA formatting with proper in-text citations. Many students often do not know where to go to get the proper information. One of the best websites that I have come across to assist students with writing assignments is Purdue OWL.
The Purdue (O)nline (W)riting (L)ab has an extensive amount of resources and information to assist students through the writing process — anything from general writing to research and citations. There are many writing exercises that Purdue OWL offers to assist students with basic writing concepts, such as sentence clarity, spelling, and parts of speech, to name a few. Therefore, if students are struggling in a particular area of writing, all they need to do is to click on that particular link, and they can practice so that they can gain the knowledge to be successful in their writing.
The Research and Citation link of Purdue OWL gives students important information about how to use the MLA format, or Modern Language Association style, as well as how to use in-text citations. Even when students move on from high school to college, there are resources that will assist them with the use of the APA style (American Psychological Association) of writing as well. Since many students have difficulties with plagiarism and sometimes not knowing when they are plagiarizing, Purdue OWL advises students on the best ways to use quotes as well as how to cite them properly. As an educator, I have found Purdue OWL to be very beneficial, and I would highly recommend using the website to assist with writing assignments.